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Things to do in Batticaloa over the weekend – Bliss on the East Coast

The East Coast of Sri Lanka, particularly Batticaloa has faced many unusual incidents over the past including the Kalinga Magha invasions, World War II, civil wars, and even the Tsunami waves. But, beyond all barriers, Batticaloa is blooming as an interesting tourist destination.


Explore the Bridge Market

Shopping at the Bridge Market in Batticaloa is a very different experience. All most all the vendors you come across in this market are small scale producers and, you buying something from them will make them so happy. They sell sarees, sarongs, and other types of clothing, and there are also some types of seafood and more. This authentic experience can be enjoyed on every Saturday from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm.


Engage in some water sports

If you are someone interested in spending your vacation at a resort the likes of Uga Bay, then you get the opportunity to say yes to several water sports. Some of the most popular things to do in Pasikuda (located around 30 km north of the main town) are sailing and surfing, and you may also try out jet skiing and snorkelling here with or without expert support. Also, you can enjoy boat rides and some diving sessions too (just if you wish).


Visit the places of worship

As you must be aware, Sri Lanka is a country that has many religions. Batticaloa is a special city in this aspect because it has places of worship that belong to many of these religions. Buddhists have the Sri Mangalarama Temple, and Hindus have the Maamangam Hindu Temple. For Catholics, the city has St. Mary's Cathedral, and all of these sacred places are significant religiously as well as historically. There are also many festivals happening in Batticaloa annually, and they do have some amazing rituals and customs.


Visit the Batticaloa Museum and Fort

Reading about the history of Batticaloa can be exciting, but do you know what's more exciting? Viewing it with your own eyes! When you are in Batticaloa, visit the Museum that has been founded in 1999. Since this museum is located in the Fort, you can visit the Fort too during the same tour. This fort has been built by the Portuguese in 1628 and then it has undergone many changes by the Dutch and the British too. The colonial vibe is still there to be observed in this place, and you'll love it.


Enjoy long bike rides

As soon as you enter the city of Batticaloa, you will realize that it's a cycling paradise. Its long flat roads will provide the perfect cycling trails and you may either cycle to Arugam Bay or Monaragala. No matter where you decide to head to, amazing views and the winds to enjoy are all yours throughout your rides. It's okay if you don't want to travel with a bicycle because there are hundreds of renting places where you can rent a bicycle from.